Category Archives: Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

I think one of the most amazing features on these birds, all wading birds actually, are their feet.

They are so huge, out of proportion to their bodies. And we think of raptors having vicious claws, wading birds are not far behind.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

View large if possible, details are good on these shots.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

This Spoonbill was not going anywhere so I was able to take my time with setup. I also had just attached my monopod.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

 

 

Working Roseate Spoonbill

I write about how the Spoonbill will ‘sift’ through the water, moving their head back and forth, when feeding. These shots are a good example.

This Spoonbill was walking, almost running, through the shallows sifting the water to catch small shrimp and crabs one morning.

Best viewed large.

Working Roseate Spoonbill
Working Roseate Spoonbill
Working Roseate Spoonbill
Working Roseate Spoonbill

You can see the water flowing past him as the tide changed.

Working Roseate Spoonbill
Working Roseate Spoonbill
Working Roseate Spoonbill
Working Roseate Spoonbill

In this last shot you can see the water going through his open spoon shaped bill. Moving and constantly turning his head allows him to work through all the flowing water.

Roseate Spoonbill.

Spoonbill Working A Cut

There were either several Roseate Spoonbill each working a different cut, or one that was faster than me walking down the dike road. There is an opening further back where a bird can take a short cut along the marsh cuts.

As much as I like, and photograph Spoonbills it’s hard to tell them apart LOL.

Spoonbill Working A Cut
Spoonbill Working A Cut
Spoonbill Working A Cut
Spoonbill Working A Cut
Spoonbill Working A Cut
Spoonbill Working A Cut

Adult Roseate Spoonbill.

Working The Tide In A Salt Marsh, Spoonbill

The other day we didn’t see any flocks of anything. All the locals were scattered around on their own.

Roseate Spoonbills sifted through the small inlets at low tide. They have a small window of time to dig there. When the tide turns water comes in very fast.

Working The Tide In A Salt Marsh, Spoonbill
Working The Tide In A Salt Marsh, Spoonbill

Adult Roseate Spoonbill.